Twelve Trees of Christmas

Synopsis: Cheri Jamison rallies the residents of her beloved Manhattan neighborhood to participate in a Christmas tree contest when her cherished local library is abruptly set for demolition. Cheri finds herself up against an ambitious developer Tony Shaughnessy.
Genre: Romance
Director(s): Michael DeCarlo
Production: Chesler/Perlmutter Productions
  1 nomination.
87 min

"He spoke not a word,

"but went straight to his work,

"and filled all the stockings,

"then turned with a jerk.

"And laying his finger

aside of his nose,

"and giving a nod,

"up the chimney he rose.

"He sprang to his sleigh,

"to his team gave a whistle,

"and away they all flew

"like the down of a thistle.

"But I heard him exclaim,

"'er he drove out of sight,

"Merry Christmas to all

"and to all a good night. "

You are going to be sick of that poem

by the time Christmas comes.

I know, but it's the

one they keep choosing.

It's one of my favorites too.

Hey, Emily.

Did you start reading without me?

I was trying, Miss Jamison.

Good for you.

Is that Emily's Sky World Adventure?

You know this story.

It's my favorite.

You read it to us a while ago.

Well, a little pixie dust

certainly does stir the imagination.

Okay, let's get started.


I have something for you.

Oh, wow!

What's this?

It's kind of a Christmas

and a thank you gift.

I'm really happy that

you're tutoring me.

Go ahead, open it.


Oh, wow.

She's so beautiful.

To soar above the clouds

one must have faith.

It's my favorite quote

from Emily's Sky World Adventures.

Well, I think she's beautiful.

I'm going to put her on

the very top of my tree.

All right, let's get reading.

There's no such thing

as a child who can fly,

or is there?

Emily asked her mom every minute

of every day of every week,

"but why can't I fly?"

Perhaps if you try,

you may learn to fly.

So, off Emily went, every minute

of every day of every week,

she would run and

jump, and flap her arms.

That was great.

Oh, hey, Mac.


How are ya?

All right. How are you?


Would you mind changing a couple

of burnt out bulbs in my office?

Yeah, sure.

I just gotta do some photocopying first.

Is that your resume?


Are you looking for a new job?

Have you... checked your email?


Bette, what's going on?

I take it you read the memo.

But, this building has been

a library for half a century!

The foundation can't just

suddenly shut it down!

They can and they will.

Believe my, I've been

burning up the phones

for months trying to stop them.

Wait, you've known

about this for months?


I haven't told any of the staff yet,

because so far it's only been rumors

and I didn't want to

upset people unnecessarily.

This is a public library

in a private building.

The Shaughnessy Foundation

gave the city a 50-year,

dollar a year lease,

which expired last month.

They've decided not to renew it,

but to instead redevelop

this property as part

of a new condominium

and apartment complex.

So, what about a library

for the neighborhood?

Well, I doubt that's

a priority for them.

But, it's not right!

No, but it's legal.

This is more than just a library,

it's a watering hole for the community.

Do you know what happens in Africa

when a watering hole dries up?

Everything dies.

I've been head librarian for ten years,

and I've dealt with the

city on hundreds of issues.

I know how to get things done,

but I need a few good cards to play

and we've got nothing.

The thing is, they've got all

the legal advantages on their side.

The Shaughnessy Foundation is exercising

a right that is very clearly theirs.

We could do a fund-raiser.


The community would support us!

People love this building!

I... I grew up here.

This building, it's a

landmark in the neighborhood.

It doesn't matter.

The Foundation doesn't

need community approval.

They can do whatever they want.

There has to be a way that

we can change their minds.

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